Decorate the landscape for Christmas with a few of these festive native shrubs. Leathery, dark green leaves are the perfect foil for long-lasting clusters of bright red berries. Toyon is covered with profuse white blooms in late summer and fall. The blossoms give way to red berries in early winter. Birds love the berries, but because the fruit is produced in such quantity, plenty are available for winged visitors to eat and for you to enjoy the color in the garden. Toyon is an evergreen shrub or multistem tree. Plant several together and enjoy a living privacy fence, or use it as a focal point in the garden.
Toyon grows best in full sun or part shade and well-drained soil.